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The SEC’s Universal Proxy Rulemaking: History & What to Expect

The SEC has announced it will consider proposed rules that permit the use of universal proxy cards in contested elections on October 26, 2016. The concept of a universal proxy has been on the periphery of the SEC’s...more

What Can Public Companies Learn from the ISS Policy Survey for the 2017 Proxy Season?

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) announced the results of its 2016-2017 policy survey on September 29, 2016, which included responses from 115 institutional investors, 270 corporate issuers and 17...more

Changes to the New York City Retirement Systems’ Proxy Guidelines

The New York City Retirement Systems (NYRS) recently published a major overhaul of their proxy voting policies, the first in 30 years. Released in April 2016, the “Corporate Governance Principles and Proxy Voting Guidelines”...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition, May 2016

US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC and NYSE/Nasdaq Developments - FAST Act Amends JOBS Act and Creates New Exemption for Resales of Restricted Securities - On 4 December 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation...more

CSA Proposes Protocols to Improve Proxy Voting Infrastructure and Vote Reconciliation Process

As the next step in its effort to improve the proxy voting infrastructure and vote reconciliation process, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has published CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 54-304 Final Report on Review...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 7 - April 2016 (Global)

- United States US indicts Iranian computer specialists for cyberattacks on banks and a dam. The New York Times reported that the Justice Department unsealed an indictment against seven Iranian computer specialists who...more

Update on Institutional Shareholder Voting Guidelines on Management Say-on-Pay and Incentive Plan Proposals

This Alert is an update to last year's Client Alert on the same topic, which also discussed how to win a proxy fight despite a "no" recommendation from Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") and/or Glass Lewis. The...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Description of Shareholder Proposals on Proxy Cards

Rule 14a-4(a)(3) requires that the form of proxy “identify clearly and impartially each separate matter intended to be acted upon.” The SEC has issued a Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation, or CDI, on how a registrant...more

Preparation for 2015 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2016 Annual Shareholder Meetings

As our clients and friends know, each year Mintz Levin provides an analysis of the regulatory developments that impact public companies as they prepare for their fiscal year-end filings with the Securities and Exchange...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, January 2016

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

Reminders for Public Companies for the 2016 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

This memorandum summarizes key developments that public companies should consider in drafting their disclosures and reviewing their existing corporate governance policies and procedures in preparation for the 2016 annual...more

2016 Proxy Season Field Guide

The 2016 proxy season occurs in an environment of heightened shareholder activism and an ever-increasing focus on compensation and corporate governance disclosures. This Proxy Season Field Guide provides you with an overview...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2016 #2

Regulatory Developments - Client Alert: FINRA Releases 2016 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter - Goodwin Procter’s Investment Management practice has issued a client alert on FINRA’s Jan. 5 release of its...more

ISS Publishes Proxy Access FAQs

ISS has published two FAQs that supplement its 2016 Proxy Voting Guidelines Updates for the Americas that we summarized in our client alert ISS Policy Changes for the 2016 Proxy Season (December 8, 2015). The new FAQs provide...more

ISS Defines Acceptable Parameters for Proxy Access Provisions

Summary of Key ISS and Glass Lewis 2016 Proxy Season Policy Updates - Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) recently issued, in the form of Frequently Asked Questions, a further update to its 2016 proxy voting...more

2016 Proxy Advisory Firm Voting Guidelines: Canadian Highlights

As an early step in preparing for the upcoming proxy season, issuers should familiarize themselves with the Canadian proxy voting guidelines recently published by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass Lewis...more

Proxy Advisory Firms Release 2016 Policy Updates

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) recently released policy updates for the upcoming 2016 proxy season. Some of the key updates to both firms' proxy voting guidelines are summarized...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Issue 2016 Policy Updates

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis recently released their voting guideline updates for the 2016 proxy season. ISS has also released updates to its QuickScore 3.0 product and its Equity Plan Scorecard...more

"Planning for the 2016 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season"

Each company faces important decisions in preparing for its 2016 annual meeting and reporting season. We have prepared a checklist of essential areas we believe companies should focus on as they plan for 2016, including...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Their Proxy Voting Guidelines

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis), two of the leading providers of corporate governance research and proxy voting services, have published their updated proxy voting guidelines for...more

ISS Policy Changes for the 2016 Proxy Season

Proxy Access - ISS has determined not to alter its basic approach to management and shareholder proxy access proposals for 2016. However, ISS has stated that it expects to release a FAQ in December 2015 that will provide...more

New Staff Legal Bulletin and Proxy Voting Guidelines Released Ahead of the 2016 Proxy Season

Just ahead of the 2016 proxy season, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the SEC released new guidance—Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (“SLB 14H”)—describing how the Staff will evaluate issuers’ arguments for...more

A Summary of Compensation-Related Updates to the Proxy Voting Guidelines of ISS and Glass Lewis

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) recently finalized its Proxy Voting Guidelines (the “ISS Guidelines”) that apply to all shareholder meetings held after February 1, 2016. A number of the updates relate to...more

Proxy Advisory Firms Release Policy Updates for 2016

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis, two leading proxy advisory firms, recently published their 2016 proxy voting guidelines, which include updates applicable to the 2016 proxy season....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 46

SEC/CORPORATE - Proxy Advisory Firms Release Policy Updates for 2016 - Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis, two leading proxy advisory firms, recently published their 2016 proxy voting...more

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